When Harker Heights moved Damaria Moon from wide receiver to running back, he never expected to be the Knights’ primary option out of the backfield for any reason.
So, he certainly didn’t expect to earn KDHPressbox.com Player of the Week honors for toting the football just a couple of weeks later.
Yet, with a whopping 1,158 votes, Moon is Player of the Week following a 133-yard, two-touchdown performance in place of an injured Marcus Anderson II in the Knights’ 38-20 win against Ellison last week.
With 56 percent of the vote, Moon held off Killeen senior hitter Chalon Anderson, who picked up 41 percent. Moon called the unexpected victory a confidence booster.
“I had a lot of support to help me get the votes for the player of the week, and I really do appreciate that,” Moon said.
Moon showed immediately that’d he be an able replacement for Anderson II, who went down in the second quarter.
Moon had five carries for 34 yards, two of which went for first downs, on Heights’ next drive, which ended with Gilbert Miller plunging in from one yard out to put the Knights up 17-14 heading into halftime.
Moon took over from the first play of the second half, finding a seam and going 61 yards for the score.
The next drive, Moon scored from 12 yards out to bust the game open as Heights went up 31-14.
Yet perhaps his most exciting run was one that didn’t count, a weaving 60-yard touchdown negated by holding in which Moon burst up the right sideline then shifted gears and cut back to the middle of the field for the score that never was.
“That was definitely a receiver thing,” Moon said.
Moon said he is still adjusting to his new position, but with his vision and athleticism, Heights coach Jerry Edwards said he can already see the makings of a great rusher.
“He’s just one of those special athletes that he’s fun to watch, and he just kind of makes things happen because he’s so athletic,” Edwards said. “He’s got a little bit different gear when he’s got the ball, and he’s got a good vision. So, I think he’s only been playing tailback for, I don’t know, a couple of weeks now, but he’s excelled at it.”
Anderson, meanwhile, had 13 kills per game in wins against Ellison and Heights last week to help Killeen join the race for the final volleyball playoff spot in District 8-5A.
Also competing were Shoemaker senior quarterback Ziere Banner, who accumulated 435 total yards and five touchdowns in the Grey Wolves’ first win against Killeen in school history, and Gatesville senior running back Jake Kee, who rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns in the Hornets’ district opening win against Lampasas.